Homemade Fresh Tomato Sauce


William Meppem
William Meppem
This fresh tomato sauce boasts an silky texture that clings perfectly to any pasta shape.

This tomato sauce is a harmonious blend of tangy freshness and herbaceousness. Not only does our Fresh Tomato Sauce invigorate your taste buds, but it also offers a healthier alternative to store-bought sauces, free from artificial additives or preservatives. The sauce effortlessly transforms a simple spaghetti dish into a culinary masterpiece that will leave your guests spellbound.


Makes about 5 cups

2kg ripe tomatoes

2 tbsp olive oil

2 brown onions, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 lemon, 4 strips of rind, all pith removed

4 bay leaves

6 stalks thyme (optional)


1 Using a sharp knife, cut a small cross on the base of tomatoes. Put tomatoes in a large bowl and cover with boiling water. Stand for 1–2 minutes or until skins begin to peel from tomatoes.

2 Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process. Peel tomatoes and roughly chop. Set aside.

3 Heat oil in a deep saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes or until soft. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, lemon rind strips, bay leaves and thyme (optional). Stir until well combined.

4 Bring mixture to the boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 20–25 minutes or until thick.

5 Spoon sauce into sterilised jars, seal and refrigerate for up to 1 month or freeze in airtight containers for up to 3 months.

Note: to use sauce, pour required quantity into a saucepan. Add chicken stock, water and white wine (optional) until sauce is the desired consistency. Heat and serve.


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